Research design and methods

ISEAL’s thoughts on SOAS systematic review of agricultural certification schemes

SOAS recently published a systematic review of the impacts of certification on farmer and worker well-being in agricultural production.

Report on lessons learnt about research design and methods

This methodological paper from ISEAL shares insights and lessons learned from three ongoing impact evaluations that completed their baseline in 2016 and are due for end line evaluation in 2019.

How systematic reviews can provide research insights and accuracy

During Members’ Week 2016, ISEAL invited researchers to share their expertise on synthesis and meta-reviews with members, as well as to reflect on wider questions around research independence, transparency on methodology and the suitability of various methods for certain questions.

ISEAL DIPI Project - Three Commissioned Impact Evaluations - Baseline Full Reports and Research Design Documents

ISEAL’s commissioning of three independent evaluations in Indonesia, India and Kenya will help contribute to high quality research on the impacts of certification on the world’s poorest farmers. Here you can find the full baseline reports from all three studies, the research design documents for each, a report on lessons learnt on research design and methods from the three evaluations and a report on key insights from the studies.

ISEAL commissions three impact evaluations in Kenya, India and Indonesia

Standards systems are under increasing pressure to demonstrate their impacts on the ground. To help contribute to high quality research on the impacts of certification, ISEAL is commissioning three new impact evaluations as part of our Ford Foundation funded ‘Demonstrating and Improving Poverty Impacts’ project. These evaluations aim to answer the important question of whether certification improves the livelihoods of smallholders and contributes to poverty alleviation.

Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs

Presentation by 3ie Deputy Director, Marie M. Gaardner, on Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs.

Progress Out of Poverty Index (PPI)

The Progress out of Poverty Index is a poverty measurement tool. It is a survey with 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership. The answers are then scored to compute the likelihood that the household is living below the poverty line or above by only a narrow margin.

5 Capitals: a tool for assessing the poverty impacts of value chain development

5Capitals is a tool for assessing the potential of value chain development (VCD) in strengthening rural livelihoods and improve business performance.

The COSA methodology and indicators

The Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA) offers information about their methodology and a link to their key indicators in their website.
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